Rene Estella Amper was born on October 18, 1940 in Boljoon, Cebu. As physician he has served as head of the Boljoon rural health unit; as poet, he has participated as an Asia Foundation Writing Fellow at the Silliman U. Summer Writers' Workshop in 1968 and 1969. He has also shared the 2 nd Palanca prize in poetry in 1989 with Fatima Lim for a collection called All Else Is Grass . His works have been published in 12 Poems (1969) and Collected Poems (1990). He has been mayor of Boljoon, and is incumbent vice-president.